Featured Author: Edward Moore
State of Horror: Louisiana Volume II
Edward Moore is a Brooklyn transplant currently living and working in the San Francisco Bay area as an environmental professional. He enjoys music, movies, writing and experimental cooking, always trying new recipes and ideas from his imagination and food/culinary publications. In addition to having several stories published on the Internet, he has had fiction printed in Futures Mysterious Anthology Magazine, Berkeley Fiction Review and several anthologies.
Synopsis: “Selene” in State of Horror: Louisiana Volume II
Rick lives in a small town 1950s-1960s, in which his dad owns a bar so he is able to get booze easily for his friends, Pascal (cousin) and Jimmy. Rick comes back to town after having visited relatives out of state for a while and his friends have a great deal to fill him in on. There is a strange grave in the sugar cane field and Rick has a disturbing vision and is sure that his cousin’s boyfriend is a vampire. Lori is Pascal’s sister. The boys are sure Selene is being fed on by a vampire and are determined to save her. As Rick prepares to battle the vampire he has disturbing visions of an “alternate” NOLA. His dead mother appears to help him and give him a warning. Rick will have to decide what path to take.
It feels like I’m walking through walls of wet muffled sounds. The grownups say it’s a spirit sent by God to watch over the children of the Delta.
Time to Meet Edward Moore
Charon Coin Press: What inspired your story in State of Horror?
EM: When I was a preteen I once got lost in a sugar cane field during an early morning fog. Always wanted to write a horror mystery and my daughter gave me an idea for the city of Selene and things took off from there.
CCP: Is there a reason this particular state appealed to you?
EM: I love New Orleans and almost went to LSU when I graduated from high school.
CCP: What do you look for in a horror story as a reader?
EM: First and foremost I look for great plotting and characters. Those combined with a sense of mystery and foreboding. Not too much into gore, but not adverse to it as long as it serves the story and it’s not just for shock value.
CCP: What is your favorite writing snack food?
EM: Fortunately I don’t have one, but if push came to shove I’d go with granola bars.
CCP: What other works do you have out there?
EM: Nothing new at this time. A few waiting publication later this year.
CCP: What is one important thing the readers need to know about you?
EM: I am meticulous in my work. I love research and try to be accurate with my facts such as landmarks, tradition, history and most of all science/technology. I work in an industry where this is very important and I want to be careful not to deceive readers with expressed facts because I was too lazy to look up the proper reference. I never take readers for granted because they are the lifeblood of writers. I respect them and try to give them the best work I can produce.
CCP: Who are your favorite authors?
EM: John Sandford, Christopher Golden, Victoria Thompson, Harlan Ellison and O Henry.
CCP: What drew you to State of Horror?
EM: Love the concept. It’s a great theme and since I love research, learning about different locations and its history is something I find fascinating. Also since I’ve been in every state in this country except Alaska, I can draw on some of my personal experience for crafting stories.
CCP: Do you have a favorite state or state you are waiting to open?
EM: California, New York, Florida, Texas, Kansas and Oregon are my favorites. If you really, really pushed me, I’d go with California.
CCP: Music or no music when writing?
EM: No music. It tends to distract me and I need quite when I’m writing, especially horror.
CCP: If you could go anywhere in the world right now where would you go and why?
EM: Fiji. I want to swim with the dolphins and turtles. My friends have done it, and from the videos they’ve shown me, it’s an amazing experience.
CCP: What was the hardest part about writing your story?
EM: As with all stories, the opening! I a big believer in strong openings. You have to grab the reader within the first few paragraphs. If not, they won’t bother with the rest of the story. I wanted a strong opening to establish what kind of person the main character was.
CCP: Do you have any writing rituals?
EM: I try to work on my stories a minimum of an hour a day, excluding weekend. This includes revisions and research.